SCOTUS Ruling on Muslim Ban Executive Order
CAIR-Alabama Says SCOTUS 'Muslim Ban' Decision Ignores Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Emboldens Islamophobes in Trump Administration
(Birmingham, AL, 6/26/17) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a limited version of the Trump administration's "Muslim ban" executive orders to take effect ignores the Islamophobic origins of the policy and emboldens Islamophobes in the Trump administration.
The court said the ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations could be enforced as long as those individuals lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Justices will hear arguments on the case in October.
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In a statement, CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed said:
"The Muslim Ban stands counter to everything we are as a nation. Courts across the country have repeatedly called it out for what it is: religious intolerance, racial animus, and discrimination. The Supreme Court avoided the question of whether the ban constitutes discrimination, but this is going to be a central question when the case is heard."
CAIR-Alabama has issued a community advisory explaining the ruling to Muslims across Alabama, who may be worried about family and friends traveling to the U.S. especially if they are from the affected countries--all Muslim-majority countries. Hadeed said it was particularly disturbing that the ruling came during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"While the court continued blocking those parts of the Muslim ban that would prevent entry for anyone with a 'credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,' it has opened the door to legal chaos and official overreach in embassies and at the border.
"We will work with our civil rights partners to offer a legal and legislative response as the Muslim ban moves forward on the ground and in the Supreme Court."
CAIR previously welcomed rulings by lower courts blocking both versions of the Muslim ban.
CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed at 334-224-2196 or firstname.lastname@example.org, CAIR-Alabama Communications Director Ream Shoreibah at 205-578-8835 or email@example.com.